My fever has gone away, thank goodness. Even though I still have stuffed sinuses and chest congestion and cough, I am feeling a bit better. Yay. So I thought I’d do a quick “Friday Find”. My “Friday Finds” are often things I find in my stash that I had forgotten about that are really good and worth talking about.
That’s the case with C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream. I don’t really shop at my local mall very much, and I better start because it looks like all the stores are leaving, boo. Anyway, I did shop the lovely Bigelow store at the mall a couple of years ago. They have an intriguing assortment of brands and products IMHO, in addition to their own brand. I remember I bought a fabulous Italian perfume, and I also bought a jar of their own Lemon Body Cream because I love anything lemon.
C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream features Lemon Oil and Extracts 4.5%, and I think it gives the cream just a very subtle lemon scent even though the product info says it’s fragrance-free.
I can’t believe I forgot about this beauty. It’s a lovely pale yellow color. The cream itself is very lightweight, in fact it’s almost soupy when you stick your finger in it. But I like it. I’d describe the consistency as more oil than cream. That makes it easy to apply and quick to absorb. It leaves a greaseless, silky, hydrated feeling on my usually bone-dry skin. Honestly, it’s such a welcome change from shea butter. I found two abandoned jars of just plain shea butter, and I’m tossing them both. And you know I seldom toss anything that’s not finished up! I can’t deal right now with that thickness.
When I looked up some information on the product website, it said that Lemon Body Cream was developed for very dry skin which is why it works for well for me. It contains nourishing Lemon Extracts (super charged with Vitamin C), ultra-moisturizing but completely spreadable Shea Butter and replenishing Kukui Nut Oil (rich in essential fatty acids).
Also according to the product information, Lemon Body Cream is a product that Bigelow developed in 1870! When I lived in New York City, I used to go down to an old apothecary in the Village that was called Bigelow Chemists. I was a broke college student with long hair, and I used to save my babysitting and bartending money to buy occasional treats including little plastic, single-use “pillows” of Bigelow’s own shampoos and conditioners. The dark store was a fabulous, dusty, treasure trove of goodies in glass cases and piled high racks for a young beauty enthusiast. In fact, I still have the Kent of London Boar Bristle Brush and Comb that I bought at Bigelow Chemists I won’t tell you how many decades ago, and I still use them. The store closed a number of years ago, and I guess some big company bought the name as well as the recipes/formulas to their products which is better than losing them entirely.
So that’s it. If you’re looking for a different approach to body hydration, consider C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream, a lightweight, easy-to-apply, hydrating oil-cream. It is not tested on animals, and it’s made in the U.S. You can buy it in a number of different sizes including 8 oz., 32 oz. at C.O. Bigelow and Nordstrom. I must have the starter size: 1.7 oz. It’ll be time for more soon! Plus there are other products in the lemon line including lip balm, hand cream, body wash, and I think shampoo and conditioner too since that was the product combo I used to buy years ago.
Have you tried C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream? Have you tried any other Bigelow products? Did you ever go to the Bigelow Chemists on Fifth Ave in the Village?
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Isocetyl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Juice Extract, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui Nut) Seed Oil, Shorea Stenoptera (Illipe) Butter, Cetyl Palmitate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Ceresin, Panthenol (ProVitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Polyacrylamide, Ceteareth-20, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Laureth-7, BHT, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.